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of mexico, he has served as a deputy in mexico's federal chamber of deputies and as secretary of energy. he will leave office in december, remembered as the president who built the most universities 96. the 16,000 kilometers of highways, the bridge that connects mexico's two coasts, providing faster access and therefore more efficient trade and the passage of the first employment act, which provides incentives for companies to hire people just entering the workforce. he also faced a daunting challenge of the violence by the drug cartels that left 50,000 people dead. a poll taken just this past august showed his approval rating about 64%. we are so honored to have the president of mexico here with us. and mr. president, we welcome you to this podium and look forward to your remarks. [applause] >> good morning. thank you for your words. it's not hard to be here today at the council of foreign relations. for more than 90 years, this institution has been at the forefront of analysis to understand the challenges and foreign policy choices based in the united states and the world. six years ago,
it's a pal in the country in a lot of ways. it would be huge. if we got a grand bargain on energy how to exploit the boundary of -- i think the two together would have a huge impact. so the question is how close are we to that? and, you know, i have a saying about the middle east which applies to the american politics. all important politics happens the morning after the morning after. >> when is that? >> here i'm talking about the election. here i think the question really is i don't know how the election is going come out. i make no prediction. i ask myself if romney gets smashed, if he gets smashed, it would -- i happen to think the political problem in the country we have a center left party and we have a far right party. that is a structure problem. the republican party has gone nuts in my view. >> analytical judgment. [laughter] >> they've been simultaneously they have been at war with mas and physics at the same time. [laughter] on the deficit, it was, you know, deficit doesn't matter. and yeah and biology too a guy in missouri too. so the question to me is what happens the mor
eyes, fresh energy and fresh set of ideas, and i want azeri to join me in getting missouri back to work. >> $24 million, that is with the budget for missouri will be next year, the state income tax money and the fed to all but $24 billion of other people's tax money sitting in jeff city. we have a problem with the revolving door where legislatures when their term is up turn around and become lobbyists. why do we have that problem? $24 billion of other people's tax money. the major parties spend millions of parties on their campaigns. why is that? why did people contribute millions of dollars to their campaign? because whoever wins will have control of $24 billion of other people's tax money. the special interest groups spend a lot of energy and resources, school administrators , a whole host of special interest groups, contractors, corporations. we all spend the lot of time and effort trying to influence legislators to get back some of that $24 billion. it's a waste of time. it's a big game to everybody. it's a bpt the taxpayers who hae supported. you know, the state has an obligation t
and getting the international energy agency to watch the iranians to make sure they don't go beyond they should be doing in the enrichment. about president has put in place very tough sanctions the toughest ever place in against iran, president obama has done that and reserved the right if absolutely necessary at the end of the day for the united states to use force. he is putting it out. he wants to focus on deputy. i worked for csh on the iran issue over three years, there's a remarkable similarity to me between the george w. bush policy in iran and the barack obama policy. i get the sense in my discussions with senators and congressman and women on capitol hill that there is a basic bipartisan support for the policy that the last two american presidents have undertaj. we don't want to go to war or open the possibility of a third land war in the middle east after afghanistan and iraq. we to focus on the diplomacy. we want to be tough minded and protect real israel and protect our finds in the arab world. i think that's what he's trying to do. i think it's a sensible policy we ough
places where we could be focusing our energies. there are ways to prevent dropouts. we know what those are and those ways actually improve the quality of education and in the quality of instruction. it's not about the outside requirement. it's not about time requirements. it's about actually -- actual learning and instruction inside of schools. it's a problem we are solving that there are specific pathways they think to solve this. we should establish an early indicator early intervention system and we should tackle chronic absenteeism which is very related. wise and chronic absenteeism a performance measure for school? what only track that? if we did we would know, we would be able to individualize and personalize the structured support for the kids are needed and then they would not drop out. we can design alternative pathways to graduation and in relationship to what terry was saying there are a lot of different ways the kids are approaching learning particularly at that age. were in a place in a and a time now for technology and blended learning where we can provide education in a
energies. but we ought to remember that we should continue to invest in afghanistan. i mean, we in the british foreign office in the united states should have the capacity to keep our eye on more than one war upon. >> i suppose the key was to negotiate. it didn't work that way. if it didn't work that way in a western democracy, the do very little chance of the work in that way in afghanistan, therefore the extent to which there is an engagement, whether it's track to her otherwise with the taliban if they think they're important because you can wait a long, long time for the kind of progress in security level, which may never happen. >> you're absolutely right. i keep using that as an example. there was no military plan that has that is the subject to defeating the insurgency. our strategy is not defeating the insurgency. >> affair in which he said among the afghan leadership. >> i think they generally want assessment. they have huge differences on what terms are prepared to accept. if you talk to afghan women, they are very worthy attempts of settlement will be to their detrime
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